Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of Drinking Part 5.

Friday, February 1, 2013

First of all, we need to understand that all blessing or discipline from God to us must be filtered through His justice.

Justice

Love is the motivation of grace, but justice is the function of grace.

Justice must approve everything that comes from God to man.
God’s motivation is love; His decision is sovereignty.

Before salvation the object of faith is the living word, TLJC. After salvation the object of faith is the written word, Bible doctrine. In both cases the justice of God gives the stamp of approval because the object of faith is perfectly righteous.

Before salvation, the object of faith is TLJC and He is perfectly righteous.
COL 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

Point 4 Drinking and the Laws of Christian Behavior.

Either abstinence or moderate drinking is not a sin and why we are given those Four Laws of Love as a teaching aid.

(1) The Perfect Law of Liberty. So the first law, the law of liberty is the law that all believers operate in when they are filled with the Spirit. But the law of liberty is a reference to the freedom we have to serve the Lord not the freedom we have to sin. There is no freedom in sin. There is just the guarantee of bondage and death.

So, the law of liberty and freedom is the freedom to serve the Lord and the freedom to produce divine good. The law of liberty means that no one else has the right to tell you how to live your life.

The Word of God is your authority and under the Word of God you are to live your life as unto the Lord without any outside interference or harassing or intimidation from others.

The word liberty is defined as the state of being exempt from the dominion of others or from restricting circumstances.

The law of liberty is not carnality. The carnal Christian is abnormal.

His position is perfect in Christ but in character and in conduct, he violates the most precious principles and provisions of grace.

Grace is not a way of escaping obedience to God, it is the only way in which true obedience can be achieved.

(2) The second law is the law of love. The law of liberty is directed toward self. The law of love is directed toward others. The law of love allows the conscience of the weak to determine action.

(3) The third law is the law of expediency. The law of expediency says in effect in order for the gospel to be made clear and that false issues do not come in and sidetrack the gospel, it is expedient that certain types of procedure be followed.

This law takes into consideration the danger to the believer’s own life in the matter of personal habits or trends and the responsibility to others in the matter of edification.

Much that we are free to do so far as our relationship with God is concerned, we are not free to do when contemplating our own personal good and the good of others.

When considering the law of expediency we do not ask, what harm is there in this or that but rather what is the good in that which I am doing?

(4) Then there is the law of supreme sacrifice. The Word of God is your authority and under the Word of God you are to live your life as unto the Lord,…..without any outside interference or harassing or intimidation from others.

Point 4 deals with Scriptural References.

PRO 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler; and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.”

ROM 13:13 “Let us behave decently [walk properly] as in the day time, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and debauchery, not in strife and jealousy.”

1CO 5:11 “but now I write to you not to associate with any believer, if he should be an immoral person or covetousness [the entire lust pattern] or an idolater or an abusive person [a bully] or a lush or a swindler. Do not even eat with them.”

GAL 5:21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.

1. For example, Noah, GEN 9:21.
 GEN 9:20 Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard.
GEN 9:21 And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.

The Hebrew verb galah (gaw-law’); means to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense); to be stripped). Uncovered – galar – it has to do with a sexual act.

Lot, GEN 19:32-36.
Nabal, 1SA 25:36-37.

When the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife told him these things that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.

5. Drunkenness is a handicap to those in authority, in both temporal authority, PRO 31:4-5, and spiritual authority, 1TI 3:3,8; TIT 1:7.

1TI 3:3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, uncontentious, free from the love of money.
1TI 3:8 Deacons likewise {must be} men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,
(1) Wine had a relaxing and beneficial effect on Timothy’s health.
(2) A limited amount of wine acts as a sedative; too much is toxic.

LUK 21:34 “BE on your guard that your right lobes may not be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life.

A. Drunkenness as a sin.
B. Diseases of the body.
C. Psychotic conditions of the soul.
d. Maladaptive behavior affects which destroy interpersonal relationships in life.
e. Too much alcoholic beverage is detrimental to body, soul, and spirit.

PSA 104:15 “And wine which makes a man’s right lobe glad, making his well nourished face radiant, and food that sustains a man’s right lobe.”

An alcoholic is a person who use his volition to absorb in alcohol until he suffers from compulsion to take alcohol and enters into alcoholic dependence.

What has developed is a sinful dependence on alcohol which destroys one’s physical and mental health, spiritual life, social life, family life, economic life.

Alcoholism is dependency on alcohol starting with your own volition until alcohol controls your life.Alcoholism is a state of sinfulness which results in physical, psychic, and spiritual problems.

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